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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Sexualization of Our Children #2

I have my mischievous moments I know but really, I can't believe anyone can write an article like this with a straight face.
High school students and college-age adults have been complaining to District officials that the free condoms the city has been offering are not of good enough quality and are too small and that getting them from school nurses is "just like asking grandma or auntie."
So D.C. officials have decided to stock up on Trojan condoms, including the company's super-size Magnum variety, and they have begun to authorize teachers or counselors, preferably male, to distribute condoms to students if the teachers complete a 30-minute online training course called "WrapMC" -- for Master of Condoms.
"If people get what they don't want, they are just going to trash them," said T. Squalls, 30, who attends the University of the District of Columbia. "So why not spend a few extra dollars and get what people want?" 

Oh dear... there are so many things wrong about this story that it's hard to know where to start. One of my journalistic heroes, Mark Steyn posts his reaction here. It's worth reading, like everything else he writes.

Last week, I posted a diatribe about this entitlement complex that is besetting our young. I did wonder a little afterwards if I wasn't just a tad too strident about the point I was making. Well, if that article is anything to go by, I probably understated the problem.

But the thing that made me sit up and notice is the fact that this programme distributes condoms to high school students. What does that say to young people about sex without strings attached? Apart from the fact that governments shouldn't be involved in how people use their bodies, shouldn't this in actual fact be the purview of parental oversight? Or is this another instance of how parents have ceded ground to the all-powerful hand of the State?
While this story has parallels with certain childhood memories of my maternal grandfather handing out forbidden sweets to his grandchildren despite parental protestations, the reliance on condoms for "safe sex" can do far more long-term damage than short-term glucose indulgence.

2 comments:

  1. yeah, it seems like giving them a bandaid - "here, this is to stop the pain of STD's, unwanted pregnancy but I'm sorry ... it won't stop the pain of multiple sexual relationships."
    Would be great if they started teaching - 'Sex changes who you are and affects your future relationships'

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  2. so disgusted! sex outside of marriage is not ok. full stop. sigh.. which part of the no ok do they not understand...

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